Feb 14, 2020

Antipasto, Antipasta, Antipasti, Charcuterie

Antipasto means before the meal and is the Italian equivalent of appetizers (not a salad or fried foods served by many Italian-American restaurants). It is a platter of meats, cheeses, raw or cooked vegetables, olives and bread. The antipasto platter is pretty much the same as a charcuterie platter. Both involve dry, cured meats and garnishes. Antipasto is served at room temperature and incorporates many colors, textures and flavors to stimulate all of the senses before the main course.

Antipasta is an erroneous colloquialism for antipasto, a mistranslation of before the pasta.

Antipasti (antipasto plural) are a simple assortment of meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Charcuterie is the French equivalent and means cooked meat. A platter of good-quality cooked and dry-cured meats, sausages and pâté with various garnishes like bread, olives, nuts, dried fruit, crackers or baguette bread, jelly or jam. Cheese was not typically included, but is now often added.

Incidentally, pepperoni is entirely American.

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